/4 predictions for how technology will transform healthcare in 2022 … and beyond

4 predictions for how technology will transform healthcare in 2022 … and beyond

Key point: There are resources medical institutions can draw on to relieve some of the burden from overworked, stressed-out physicians, nurses and staff – and many of them come in the form of technological advancements that may transform how we offer care in the years to come.

Original author and publication date: Amit Phadnis – January 4, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: It has been said, and it is probably true, that during the next ten years or so healthcare will change more than in all previous history.

From the article:

The Great Resignation of 2021, which has resulted in millions of Americans quitting their jobs, has – unsurprisingly – hit the healthcare industry hard.

Many resignations across all industries are spurred by an emotionally jarring and unprecedented pandemic that is now coming upon its third year, prompting many workers to reconsider the trajectory of their lives and careers. The toll has been particularly difficult for healthcare workers on the frontlines of Covid-19 care, many of whom are understandably burned out. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a whopping 534,000 U.S. health care workers left their jobs voluntarily in August alone.

With demand for healthcare workers expected to keep increasing in the coming years, the loss of workers – especially among those who decide to leave the industry altogether – poses a severe threat for hospitals and other medical facilities already overwhelmed by patients.

There are no easy answers to the healthcare labor crisis. But there are resources medical institutions and their teams can draw on to relieve some of the burden from overworked, stressed-out physicians, nurses and staff – and many of them come in the form of technological advancements that may transform how we offer care in the years to come.

Many of these are coming to bear right now. Here are five predictions for healthcare advancements we’ll see gain further traction in 2022.

Prediction: More burnout-busting innovations are on the way

Prediction: Clinicians will decide which AI tools are right for them

Prediction: High-tech solutions will eliminate many healthcare inequities

Prediction: Precision medicine will drastically improve medical outcomes